We have counterfeit inlaws, counterfeit money, and now counterfeit test strips.
If you own a One Touch glucometer you will want to check your vial of test strips. It looks like the counterfeit industry has decided to distribute fake test strips for the One Touch brand of glucometers. Lifescan themselves have put out a press release warning users to beware the phony strips, and the incorrect results that accompany these bogus test strips. If you use the strips, they will give you the wrong results. Wrong results could mean wrong insulin dosage or treatment.
Lifescan has identified the following counterfeit strips:
- OneTouch Basic/Profile, lot numbers 272894A, 2619932 and 2606340
- OneTouch Ultra, lot number 2691191
At present, the counterfeit heist is limited only to boxes containing 50 test strips.
The distributors of the counterfeit strips have been identified as the Quebec-based Medical Plastic Devices and Champion Sales in New York. According to news reports, the distribution was limited to the United States pharmacies and customers, but it may be prudent for every OneTouch user to verify the lot number on their stashes.
Check your boxes, people. And if you discover that you've purchased one of the counterfeit boxes, stop using them and contact Lifescan at 866-621-4855.